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Decatur tops JMB, 76-48, then beats St. Michaels, 89-6

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior Joel Niles “was huge tonight. He was a crowd favorite,” Coach BJ Johnson said following Tuesday’s game against Saint Michaels. He scored 15 points in Decatur’s 89-6 victory.

(Feb. 16, 2018) The Stephen Decatur boys’ basketball team dominated its competition this week, banking victories over the James M. Bennett Clippers and the Saint Michaels Saints in Berlin.

Decatur hosted Bennett on Monday and won 76-48.

“We controlled the game. In the first half we went up double digits and never looked back,” Decatur Coach BJ Johnson said. “It was the best start-to-finish game we had all year.”

Decatur led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter. The Seahawks then went on a 7-0 run to start the second quarter and increased their advantage to 21-10. By halftime, the Berlin squad was on top, 36-22.

Decatur outscored Bennett 20-9 in the third quarter to pull ahead 56-31.

“Defense was exceptional and we rebounded well,” Johnson said. “[Senior captain] Kevon [Voyles] was guarding their leading scorer [Montaze Jefferson] and held him to 10 points. Defense overall set the tone for us the whole night.”

Voyles was big on offense too, scoring 32 points. He also had four steals, four assists and a block.

“Kevon came through for us. He played well both ends of the floor,” Johnson said.

Sophomore Churchill Bounds contributed 12 points and had five rebounds. Senior Hayden Frazier added 10 points, five assists and five steals.

The next night, Saint Michaels came to Berlin to play Decatur on Senior Night. The Seahawks netted 89 points and held their opponent to six.

Johnson started the seniors on their special night and they did not disappointed, putting 19 points on the board before Saint Michaels scored one.

By the end of the first quarter, Decatur led 35-2. Senior Joel Niles tallied 12 of the Seahawks’ first-quarter points. He finished the game with 15 points.

“Joel was one of our managers last year and he came out and made the team this year,” Johnson said. “He was huge tonight. He was a crowd favorite. He scored 15 points, which is great.”

Decatur had a commanding 63-6 lead at halftime. The Seahawks increased their advantage to 81-6 by the end of the third quarter.

Niles hit a three pointer late in the fourth quarter to wrap up the scoring for the Berlin squad.

“I thought we shared the ball well and our defense was good. It was a great night for the seniors,” Johnson said. “We just wanted to come out, play and have fun.”

Senior captain Ryan Danaher led Decatur with 16 points. He also had six rebounds. Sophomore Theo Hobbs scored 12 points. Frazier contributed nine points and had seven steals and four assists. Senior Tah’Jeem Woodland logged nine assists and eight steals.

Decatur’s final game of the regular season was scheduled for yesterday, Thursday. Regional tournament seeding is slated for Tuesday, with competition set to start on Friday, Feb. 23.

“I think we’re peaking at the right time,” Johnson said. “Our goal is to get home-court advantage.”

The key to success in the playoffs is solid defense and rebounding, Johnson said.


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